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Humpback Whales #AtoZChallenge - Emily in Ecuador
June through September is Humpback Whale season in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. They migrate from Antarctica, 16,000 kilometers (almost 10,000 miles) away. While in the warm equatorial waters, the whales fast, focused on mating and birthing. Whales are seen breaching in the distance from shore. For a closer view, take a whale watching boat from Puerto Lopez. A whale might breach near your boat. Breaching Humpback Whale Puerto Lopez, Ecuador Most likely, you will see some tail slapping. Tail about to slap the water, creating a big splash Puerto Lopez, Ecuador It is incredible to watch a 16 meter (52 foot) whale swim under your boat. I am completely in awe and feel insignificant every time. Mothers give birth in shallow waters. Babies and mothers are often seen close to shore swimming together. Adults swimming with calves Puerto Lopez, Ecuador Once the calves are strong enough, they leave for Antarctica to feed and grow. We wait for them to return in June. If you are visiting from the #AtoZChallenge please include a link to your blog in your comment so I can check it out.